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Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu

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The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a 200acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Hawaii.Much of the Arboretum's botanical collection consists of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails and small water features.HistoryThe Manoa Arboretum was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test various tree species for reforestation, as well as collect living plants of economic value. The original director of the arboretum was Dr. Harold L. Lyon, a botanist from Minnesota who was plant pathologist for the HSPA. During his tenure, Lyon planted nearly 2,000 species of trees on the site.In 1953, at Lyon's urging, the HSPA conveyed the arboretum site to the University of Hawaii, with the stipulation that the site continue to be used as an arboretum and botanical garden in perpetuity. After Lyon's death in 1957, the arboretum was renamed in his honor.Today, the Arboretum continues to develop its extensive tropical plant collection, while emphasizing native Hawaiian plants, such as Pritchardia spp. (palms). Its over 15,000 accessions focus primarily on the monocot families of palms, gingers, heliconias, bromeliads, and aroids. Native and Polynesian cultivated and wild species are displayed in the ethnobotanical, native ecosystems, and Hawaiian sections of the gardens. The Lyon Arboretum also maintains an active seed bank.
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  • Ascending the narrow less used road to Manoa, past tropics-typical derelict car and past the University buildings, you come to a little known gem of a botanical preserve that happened to be on the rec...  more »
  • nice place, very well maintained, however the trails are rather fuzzy. Times, it is difficult to be spotting. There is a great diversity of plants and especially incredible trees. free, but donations are recommended.
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  • This attraction is belong to university of Hawaii at Mamoa , open for public on weekdays, 8:00-16:00. The exhibition is about endangred species of flora and fauna here and the exploration of Mr. Lyon ...  more »
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  • This place is excellent for mild hiking and viewing loads of beautiful birds, plants, flowers and trees that are expertly maintained. I plan to go back to hike all the trails. Bring bug spray because there are plenty of mosquitos. Be sure to leave a generous donation. Parking is free for this place unlike Manoa falls. There are less people visiting here so you won't have to wait for crowds like you do on the Manoa falls trail.
  • Pretty cool place and easy hike to check out how Hawaii has collected many different tree and plant species from around the world. $5 suggested donation and you've got anywhere from an hour or three to explore the whole area. Yea there's a map and markers but they aren't the easiest to follow.
  • Visited Lyon Arboretum on Sep 28, 2017 and only encountered 2 other parties. So if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, this is it. Truly amazing place if you're into plants. Free parking and only $5 suggested donation, you can easily spent a few ours in this botanical garden. Loved it!!!!
  • One of my favorite places on the island. Lot of birds and beautiful scenery. Very small waterfall at the end but not much to see. However, there are some small native fish if you look close.
  • Ideal place to view as many tropical flowers, trees, plants. Hiking is a must to appreciate everything this place has to offer. I prefer to observe nature from various angles so I was not able to view them all in the 3 hour time slot. If given another chance, I will stay longer. Camera is must to relive your experience once you depart.

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